Don’t Worry. No One Can Find Out How You Voted

Don’t Worry. No One Can Find Out How You Voted

If there’s one topic polite company tries to avoid around the holiday table, it’s politics. Those who prefer to keep their voting record to themselves can relax. In the United States, we vote by secret ballot. That means no one can look up a record of how you voted in any local, state, or federal election.

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A Family Aware: How To Be Cyber-Secure At Home

A Family Aware: How To Be Cyber-Secure At Home

In week three of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it’s time to focus on cyber awareness in your home. From playing games online to sending your family an email, many daily activities require Internet access. Learn how to protect your devices, keep your kids safe online, and protect your own information.

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Top 5 Lessons Learned from #PSOnlineSafetyMonth

In case you missed it, November was PeopleSmart Online Safety Month. During the 30 days, we explored topics ranging from identity theft, privacy, security, safety and more. Check out some of our blog posts from the campaign, but in the meantime, here is a quick recap of what we learned.

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Is Your Online Date A Valentine’s Day Scam?

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and romance is on your mind. You're searching for Mr. Right. The roses, teddy bears, and hearts in every shop and grocery store are pushing you towards rekindling an old flame or finding a new one. If you're trying to reconnect with a loved one, you might try searching for their contact information on PeopleSmart, but if you're looking for a new love, you might find yourself exploring an online dating website like eHarmony,, or OkCupid.

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Social Search Privacy: What You Need to Know

Yesterday, we shared how to control your privacy settings with Facebook's Timeline. Today, we have more privacy tips for social networking--but now it's Google that's delivering an interesting new feature that brings with it a few privacy concerns.

Earlier this week, Google rolled out Social Search, which aims to provide more personally relevant search results. In addition to the standard search results, Social Search includes search results from your online connections, Google+ profiles, and other social sites.

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How to Manage the Latest Facebook Privacy Faux Pas

Facebook may face the Federal Trade Commission over yet another privacy concern. This time, it's about Timeline. Timeline is the name for Facebook's new design that presents a user's shared information in a chronological, scrollable format that is arguably more aesthetically pleasing and definitely more exposed. The Electronic Privacy Information Center is asking the FTC to examine how Timeline alters a user's privacy settings and Facebook handles privacy through obscurity. Privacy through obscurity refers to the idea that data is more secure if it is more difficult to access.

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Jim Dempsey Talks Tech and Privacy

Recently, Jim Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) stopped by our office to give a presentation over lunch about current privacy issues, privacy legislation, and the importance of "privacy by design." Jim is an authority in the space, having been with CDT since 1997, and is currently serving as the Vice President for Public Policy. He also shared some of the projects the CDT is working on and answered questions from our team. PeopleSmart takes privacy seriously, always seeking to stay up-to-date on the latest issues, and incorporating innovate privacy controls into our website.

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It’s Time to Reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Recently, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act turned 25. Originally drafted in the Reagan administration, it aimed to protect citizens from government surveillance and provide people with the same sense of security they have with physical documents. The ECPA protects communication during transit and for a certain amount of time in storage. This was fine when the main threat to personal privacy was wiretapping (as it was when the ECPA was signed into law), but the ECPA wasn't written with online storage and email in mind. Because of the way internet technologies have evolved since 1986, under the ECPA there are certain situations where the government doesn't need a warrant to access the emails, photos, and other documents you store online.

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